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• which you have no where mentioned, and perhaps never heard of.
We distinguish our selves by the Title of the Amorous Club, are all Votaries of Cupid, and 6 Admirers of the Fair Sex. The Reason that we are • so little known in the World, is the Secresie which we
are obliged to live under in the University. Our Con• ftitution runs counter to that of the place wherein we « live: For in Love there are no Doctors, and we all pro* fess so high Passion, that we admit of no Graduates in ! it. Our Presidentship is bestowed according to the Dig.
nity of Parlion; our Number is unlimited; and our Statutes are like those of the Druids, recorded in our
own Breasts only, and explained by the Majority of ' the Company. A Mistress, and a Poem in her Praise, • will introduce any Candidate : Without the latter no
one can be admitted; for he that is not in Love enough "to rhime, is unqualified for our Society. To speak dir
respectfully of any Woman is Expulsion from our gen• tle Society. As we are at present all of us Gown-men, • instead of duelling when we are Rivals, we drink to
gether the Health of our Mistress. The Manner of doing
this sometimes indeed creates Debates; on such « Occasions we have Recourse to the Rules of Love among
the Ancients, Navia sex Cyathis, septem Justina bibatur. * This Method of a Glass to every Letter of her Name, s occasioned the other Night a Dispute of fome Warmth,
A young Student, who is in Love with Mrs. Elizabeth
Dimple, was so unreasonable as to begin her Health un« der the Name of Elizabetha; which so exafperated the
Club, that by common Consent we retrenched it to • Betty. We look upon a Man as no Company, that does
not sigh five times in a Quarter of an Hour ; and look
upon a Member as very absurd, that is so much him. « felf as to make a direct Answer to a Question. In « fine, the whole Assembly is made up of absent Men, • that is of such Persons as have lost their Locality, and « whose Minds and Bodies never keep Company with one 6 another. As I am an unfortunate Member of this di. ftracted Society, you cannot expe& a very regular Ac
'count of it; for which Reason, I hope you will par: don me that I fo abruptly fubscribe my felf,
• I forgot to tell you, that Albina, who has six Votaries in this Club, is one of your Readers. R
Thursday, April 5.
Sit mihi fas audita loqui!
Virg. AST Night, upon my going into a Coffee-house not far from the Hay-Market Theatre, I diverted
my self for above half an Hour with over-hearing the Discourse of one, who, by the Shabbiness of his Dress, the Extravagance of his conceptions, and the Hurry of his Speech, I discovered to be of that Species who are generally distinguifhed by the Title of Projectors, This Gentleman, for I found he was treated as fuch by his Audience, was entertaining a whole Table of Liftners with the Project of an Opera, which he told us. had not cost him above two or three Mornings in the Contrivance, and which he was ready to put in Execution, provided he might find his Account in it. He said, that he had observed the great Trouble and Inconve. nieuce which Ladies were at, in travelling up and down to the several Shows that are exhibited in different Quarters of the Town. The dancing Monkies are in one Place; the Puppet Show in another; the Opera in a third ; not to mention the Lions, that are almost a whole Day's Journey from the Politer Part of the Town. By this means People of Figure are forced to lose half the Winter after their coming to Towp, before they have VOL. I
feen all the strange Sights about it. In order to remedy this great Inconvenience, our Projector drew out of his Pocket the Scheme of an Opera, Entitled, The Expedition of Alexander the Great; in which he had difpofed all the remarkable Shows about Town, among the Scenes and Decorations of his Piece. The Thought, he confessed, was not originally his own, but that he had taken the Hint of it from several Performances which he had seen upon our Stage: In one of which shere was a Rary-Show; in another, a Ladder-dance; and in others a Posture-Man, a moving Picture, with many other Curiosities of the like Nature.
THIS Expedition of Alexander opens with his consulting the Oracle at Delphos, in which the dumb Conjurer, who has been visited by so many Persons of Quality of Jate Years, is to be introduced as telling him his Fortune, At the same time Clench of Barnet is represented in another Corner of the Temple, as ringing the Bells of Delo phos, for joy of his Arrival. The Tent of Darius is to be Peopled by the Ingenious Mrs. Salmon, where Alexander is to fall in Love with a piece of Wax-Work, that represents the beautiful Statira. When Alexander comes into that Country, in which Quintus Curtius tells us the Dogs were so exceeding fierce that they would not loose their Hold, thoʻthey were cut to pieces Limb by Limb, and that they would hang upon their Prey by their Teeth when they had nothing but a Mouth left, there is to be a Scene of Hockley in the Hole, in which is to be represented all the Diversions of that Place, the Bull-baiting only excepted, which cannot possibly be exhibited in the Theatre, by reason of the Lowness of the Roof. The several Woods in Asia, which Alexander must be supposed to pass through, will give the Audienţe a Sight of Monkies dancing upon Ropes, with the many oiher Pleasantries of that ludicrous Species. At the same time, if there chance to be any Strange Animals in Town, whether Birds or Beasts, they may be either let loose among the Woods, or driven across the Stage by some of the Country People of Asia. In the last great Battel, Pin. kethman is to perfonate King Porus upon an Elephant, and is to be encountered by Powell, representing Alexander the Grear, upon a Dromedary, which neverthe
less Mr. Powell is desired to call by the Name of Bucephabus, Upon the Close of this great decisive Battel, when the two Kings are thoroughly reconciled, to thew the mutual Friendship and good Correspondence that reigns between them, they both of them go together to a Puppet-Show, in which the ingenious Mr. Powell Junior may have an Opportunity of displaying his whole Art of Machinery, for the Diversion of the two Monarchs. Some at the Table urged, that a Puppet-Show was not a suitable Entertainment for Alexander the Great; and that it might be introduced more properly, if we fuppose the Conqueror touched upon that part of India which is faid to be inhabited by the Pigmies. But this Objection was looked upon as frivolous, and the Proposal immediately over-ruled. Our Projector further added, that after the Reconciliation of these two Kings they might invite one another to Dinner, and either of thema entertain his Guest with the German Artist, Mr. Pinket hman's Heathen Gods, or any of the like Diversions, which shall then chance to be in vogue.
THIS Project was receiv'd with very great Applause by the whole Table. Upon which the Undertaker told us, that he had not yet communicated to us above half his Design; for that Alexander being a Greek, it was his Intention that the whole Opera should be acted in that Lan. guage, which was a Tongue he was sure would wonder. fully please the Ladies, especially when it was a little raised and rounded by the Ionick Dialect; and could not but be acceptable to the whole Audience, because there are fewer of them who understand Greek than Italian, The only Difficulty that remained, was how to get Performers, unless we could persuade fome Gentlemen of the Universities to learn to Sing, in order to qualifie. themselves for the Stage; but this Objection foon vanilhed, when the Projector informed us that the Greeks were at present the only Muficians in the Turkish Empire, and that it would be very easie for our Factory at Smyrna to furnish us every year with a Colony of Musicians, by the Opportunity of the Turkey Fleet; besides, says he, if we want any single Voice for any lower Part in the Opera, Lawrence can learn to speak Greek, as well as he does Italian, in a Fortnight's time
THE Projector having thus settled Matters, to the good liking of all that heard him, he left his Seat at the Table, and planted himself before the Fire, where I had unluckily taken my Stand for the Convenience of overhearing what he said. Whether he had observed me to be more attentive than ordinary, I cannot tell, but he had not stood by me above a quarter of a Minute, but he turned short upon me on a sudden, and catching me by a Button of my Coat, attacked me very abruptly after the following manner: Besides, Sir, I have heard of a very extraordinary Genius for Musick that lives in Switzerland, who has so strong a Spring in his Fingers, that he can make the Board of an Organ sound like a Drum, and if I could but procure a Subscription of about Ten thousand Pound every Winter, I would undertake to fetch him over, and oblige him by Articles to set every thing that should be sung upon the English Stage. After this he looked full in my Face, expecting I would make an Answer; when, by good Luck, a Gentleman that had entered the Coffee-house since the Projector applied himself to me, hearing him talk of his Swiss Com politions, cry'd out with a kind of Laugh, Is our Mufick then to receive further Improvements from Switzerland! This alarmed the Projector, who immediately let go my Button, and turned about to answer him. I took the opportunity of the Diversion, which seemed to be made in favour of me, and laying down my Penny upon the Bar, retired with some Precipitation.
Friday, April 6.
Nil illi larva aut tragicis opus effe Cothurnis. Hor
Ugly Club, having been so well received at Oxford,
that, contrary to the strict Rules of the Society, they have been so partial as to take my own Testimonial, and admit me into that select Body; I could not restrain